Weekly Organizer Template

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As promised, I tried out a new template for my weekly to-do list. I kept the weekly break down with space for plans, blog ideas, meal planning, and daily thoughts (figured this would be a good place to do my line a day journal). The to-do list stayed, although it’s sharing space with the shopping list this time. At the top where there was formerly space for notes, I delineated sections and left them blank so the titles can change depending on the person and the week.

I hope you find it as useful as I do!

Download here: Weekly To Do List

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Work Outfits

My first post-college job started this week and I wasn’t really sure if I’d be able to look the part without going on a bit of a shopping spree. Unfortunately, that’s not really in the cards for me right now so I’m making do with what I can scrounge up from my closet (with a little help from mom’s).

Here are a few of my favorite outfits from this week:

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Calvin Klein dress (similar here), vintage belt, Target tights, Ugg boots (similar here)

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Camille and Co tunic (similar here), Elevenses jacket, Banana Republic slacks, Target scarf (similar here), Ugg boots (similar here)

 

IMG_0290Banana Republic top (similar here), Ann Taylor jacket (similar here), Vince Camuto slacks, Old Navy scarf (similar here), Dolce Vita flats (similar here)

 

Things I’m looking forward to

This week I’m looking forward to:

– Planning my first social event at work. It’s only me second week and I’m already getting to enact new ideas. I’m excited and honored to be working with a company that allows me to take initiative and to be creative.

– Catching up on sleep. I’m finally getting into the swing of this new schedule which means that all of those last minute things that kept me up last week shouldn’t be in the way this week.

– Spending time with friends. That’s what I missed most last week. My goal this week is to schedule at least two social events outside of ballet.

It’s going to be a great week!

Weekend Picks

Happy happy Friday! That first week back is always hard so this weekend is all about relaxing and embracing the six seconds of cold weather that we’re having here in Florida. Heres’s what I’ll be doing:

– Pouring over How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman, otherwise known as the Vegetarian Encyclopedia (probably only by me). It’s a comprehensive cookbook that goes beyond recipes and explains the experience of putting together food rather than just the steps that go into making something. I’m yet to follow a single recipe but I’ve been reading through it section by section and then allowing inspiration to lead when I actually get into the kitchen. (Apparently it’s now an app.)

– Giving up on Adultery by Paulo Coelho. I tried this because I love The Alchemist but I cannot get into this book. It’s predictable, the prose is generic at best, and the characters are flat. I expected more. If you haven’t read The Alchemist, I highly recommend having that experience.

– Watching The Two Faces of January and Force MajeureThe first is a thriller set in Europe with Kristin Dunst and Viggo Mortensen and the second is a dark comedy about a Swiss family on a skiing vacation

– Burning a fire in the backyard. We recently got a new fire pit that needs some breaking in lovin’. Bring on the s’morez!

Have a great weekend!

Time Management

Organizing has always been my strongest suit. When I’m motivated enough to do it anyway. Luckily, I’m in the motivated kind of mood so just when you thought I’d stopped posting about planners and planning, I’ve got something else up my sleeve.

I shared my monthly calendar with you on Tuesday. It’s simple and elegant. I use it to keep track of social events, to make it easy to see the whole month in a glance, and to make weekly goals for myself.

On a day to day basis I need something more though. For me, I get the most use out of having everything on one sheet broken into categories I use most.

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It’s still in prototype development. My plan is to tweak it each week until I find a setup that works best for me. Bonus for you, I’ll make all versions of it available for download so you can have your pick.

I have mine broken into sections:

  • a running to-do list that is still visible when my monthly calendar is stacked on top of it (I use legal sized paper to get that effect),
  • a large blank space for notes (currently housing my grocery shopping),
  • a space for my weekly budget (not using it very much-I’ll change this section for next week),
  • a space to state a weekly goal and make action plans (again, not using very much),
  • and along the bottom I have a weekly calendar with space for
    • plans and activities,
    • blog posts,
    • and meal plans each day.

I have a few ideas for what should go in those blank spaces but I’m open to suggestions. What would you find useful?

When coming up with the plan for this to do list, my ultimate goal was to be able to manage my time for effectively. I do that by putting in the items that have a set schedule (work, class) and working out from there (adding transport times, preparation time, meals). Then I block out how much other time I need. For me that’s 2 hours needed for job 2 that need to fit in outside of an 8:30-5 job that is 40 minutes away from my house and daily classes from 6-7:30 with a 30 minute commute. Once you’ve gotten down all of the concrete items, you can manipulate the flexible items (job 2) into place.

This weekend I plan on making a digital version of the to-do list I’ve been using for easy prep each week so if you have ideas for what you’d like to see in those blank spaces, get them in soon!

Eating on the go

I started a new job this week that requires me to be out of the door by 7:45am and gone until 8 or 9pm. That’s all the impetus needed to get me kicked into chef mode. Last Sunday I spent 2 hours meal planning, grocery shopping, and prepping meals for the week and it’s paying off well.

There are a few pros to this:

– eating healthier- I tend to eat well when I’m the one preparing the food

– wasting less- I plan the meals to use off all of the leftovers from the other meals, which also means…

– saving money- since I’m using ingredients more efficiently and not having to buy snacks or meals while I’m out.

All in all using a menu planner works out well for me, and the money I save on not eating out more than makes up for the time it takes for me to prep everything on Sunday.

I seem to be the only one in my office who brings multi-component lunches daily. Is that the case in your office? Do you already bring your lunch? Hopefully this can serve as a dialogue for sharing recipes and tips for not getting bogged down in the mechanics of having to add an extra task to your schedule each week.

Each week I’ll be posting a recipe, snack idea, or meal planning/prep tip that I use to make some pretty fabulous lunches. Starting as soon as I take some pictures that aren’t in a break room!

Perfect Planners

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t think I’ve ever found a planner that I’ve deemed completely faultless. There’s always something that I would have done differently, some pages I would have added, a line that would make the space more pleasing. There’s always something. So while I hodgepodge together my contrived dream planner, I’m going to make some pieces available to you to download for free.

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This is a simple document that you can edit onto and print out at whatever size you want. I found that printing on an 8.5″x 11″ sheet of glossy paper worked best for me. Right now, this is sitting on top of my dresser where I can check it each morning before taking a more broken down look at my schedule with my to-do list organizer (available next week).

Enjoy!

Monthly Calendar to Share

Monthly Calendar to Share